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A Chart to Lift Your Spirits March 10, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

Didn’t see this chart when it ruffled some feathers after Bill Gates tweeted it in January. If you didn’t see it either, here you go:


It’s particularly worth noting the very small graph at the lower right, which shows the increase in world population. These metrics didn’t just improve for the original population, but for almost 7X the original population. That means, for example, that the 6 people not living in extreme poverty 200 years ago increased to 630 people today.

The group who made the chart, Our World in Data, had another interesting one:

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Money may not be able to “buy” happiness, but it’s certainly an enabler.


1. Jimbro - March 10, 2019

Declining USA Happiness: Must be Trump’s fault

2. geoff - March 10, 2019

Not a big surprise that US happiness declined, given the first data point was in the DotCom explosion (1998) and the second was in the Obama recovery period (2014).

Still, undoubtedly Trump’s fault.

3. skinbad - March 11, 2019

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” – Stuff David Lee Roth Said

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